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Web Site Rules

General Rules for All Categories

SUGGESTION
for Web Sites
from HOTRHF:
....If the student finds some, or all, of their "SAVED" WEB SITE MISSING CALL OR E-MAIL THIS OFFICE IMMEDIATELY. If it was saved correctly our computer techs can find it and re-install it into your project. You DO NOT HAVE TO RE-CREATE your missing work.
....HOWEVER - Students should find a way to keep a computer copy of their Web Site work as they create each page and/or update each page. This includes your bibliography and process paper.
....It may be impossible to download a complete copy of your work from the encrypted National History Day Web Site secure encryped program. However, the student can copy each page and place it into a Word Document pictures and banners may be lost but the written material can be retained.
....NHD Web Site program has experienced various problems since it began three years ago. Because of the problems, HOTRHF believes it is in the best interest of the student to find a way to keep a copy of as much of their Web Site projects, Bibliography and Process Paper as possible throughout the creation of their project.

The Individual Web Site and Group Web Site projects will entirely be created within the NHD Weebly program. The bibliography and process paper are included in the project with a home page link for access. No printed material is required.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to view:
...how to find the NHD Web Site Portal
...the pros and cons of the NHD Web Portal.

INFORMATION - the NHD Web Site Portal is currently scheduled for access by late August or early September: students will create Web Site Category projects for local judging, and later on their sponsor/school advancing three winning projects to the Heart of Texas Regional History Day Fair.

History fair projects in the Web site category must follow the general rules which apply to all history fair entries (see pop-up box link at top-right on this page).
In addition to the general rules, Web sites must conform to all of the following specific rules:

Rule 1: Entry Production
All entries must be original productions constructed using the NHD Web site editor beginning at the school level. You may use professional photographs, graphics, video, recorded music, etc. within the site. Such items must be integrated into the Web site and proper credit must be given within the site as well as in the annotated bibliography. The student must operate all software and equipment in the development of the Web site.

Note: Using objects created by others specifically for use in your entry violates this rule. However, using graphics, multimedia clips, etc. which already exist is acceptable.

Rule 2: Size Requirements
Web site entries may contain no more than 1,200 visible, student-composed words. Code used to build the site, and alternate text tags on images do not count toward the word limit. Also excluded are: words found in materials used for identifying illustrations or used to briefly credit the sources of illustrations and quotations; recurring menus, titles, and navigation instructions; words within primary documents and artifacts; and the annotated bibliography and process paper that must be integrated into the site. The entire site, including all multimedia, may use no more than 100MB of file space.

Rule 3: Navigation
One page of the Web site must serve as the "home page". This home page must include the names of participants, entry title, division, and a main menu that directs viewers to the various sections of the site. All pages must be interconnected with hypertext links. Automatic redirects are not permitted.

Rule 4: Multimedia
Each multimedia clip may not last more than 45 seconds. You may record quotes and primary source materials for dramatic effect, but you may not narrate your own compositions or other explanatory material. All multimedia must be stored within the site; you may not use embedded material hosted elsewhere (e.g., YouTube, Google Video) There is no limit to the number of multimedia clips you may use but you must respect the file size limit. If you use any form of multimedia that requires a specific software to view (e.g., Flash, QuickTime, Real Player), you must provide on the same page a link to an Internet site where the software is available as a free, secure, and legal download. Judges will make every effort to view all multimedia content, but files that cannot be viewed cannot be evaluted as part of the entry.

Rule 5: Bibliographic Sources
The annotated bibliography must be included as an integrated part of the Web site. It should be included in the navigational structure and does NOT count toward the 1,200-word limit. Refer to "General Rules for All Categories," Rules 15-17, for citation and style information.

Rule 6: Stable Content
The content and appearance of a page may not change when the page is refreshed in the browser. Random text or image generators are not allowed.

Rule 7: Viewing Files
The pages that comprise the site must be viewable in a recent version of a standard web browser (i.e. Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari). Students are responsible for ensuring that the entry is viewable in multiple web browsers. Entries may not link to live or external sites, except to direct viewers to software plug-ins, per Rule 4(see this page for Rule 4).

Rule 8: Submitting Entry for Judging
- Submitting an entry for judging is done at the same time the on-line registration takes place. When the "CATEGORY" is selected for the project an additional "field" will appear that requests the 8-digit URL code - enter ONLY the 8-digits - the program automatically adds the rest of the URL.
- On-line registration completed and SAVED, then mail or drop off at the HOTRHF office your entry fee of $6.00 per student (NOT entry) by deadline date
- NO PRINTED material required - process paper and bibliography will appear inside the Web Site project.
Judging of web sites begins immediately after the deadline date
For more information, see
Deadlines.

......................................Tips follow........................

HOW TO FIND THE NHD Web Site Portal: The NHD Web Portal found by going to (National History Day)
OR go to the National History Day home page (National History Day) and follow these steps to find the Weebly Web Site Portal:
. Look for and select "Creating an Entry"
. Look under "categories" for the "Web Site" bullet
. Select the "Web Site" bullet line"
. Look for the Web portal icon and select
. When the student enters the portal they will be asked various questions to set up their Web Site account. Included in the questions is whether it is allowed "to be published" the answer is YES and applies only to the National History Day portal program. This is an exception to the NHD rule 7 statement "Entries may not link to live or external sites, except to direct viewers to plug-ins."

MANDATORY you must create a project using the NHD Portal(National History Day)
The Web Sites Category requires an 8-digit URL to be submitted with your on-line entry when you declare your "Web Site CATEGORY" at the time of on-line registration. It should look like this http://7384414.nhd.weebly.com (8-number digits will change to your personal URL). If your URL does not look like this CALL THIS OFFICE you may be in the wrong Web Site program!
The Web Site Editor program has an automatic 100MB cap. Once this cap is reached you cannot add any additional material. However, existing material can be removed and more preferred material can now be placed in your Web site.

IMPORTANT HOTRHF NOTE: Web Site projects now have a "PASSWORD PROTECT" option. DO NOT LOCK your Password repeat DO NOT LOCK your Password. DO NOT USE the Password Protect option. This option locks out the judges.

PROS and CONS of the NHD Web Portal Web Site Editor program
This program will be:

•opened by you - GROUPS....OPEN ONLY ONE (1) project port and SHARE the SAME URL. This is FREE of cost.
•once you open your port account, give your teacher your access codes.
•this account will be available for your use to improve your project throughout the entire fair year and for all levels of competition FREE of cost to the student.
•features an automatic "stop" when you reach your maximum allowed 100 MB. Once this cap is reached you can take out information and replace it with more preferred information.
•allows your school judges to enter this program to judge your projects FREE of cost.
•provides for top three winning entries to be electronically advanced, FREE of cost, from the school to the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair that takes place on February 10 & 11.
•permits projects that advance beyond regional to remain in the NHD Web Site program exactly as you created them.

Drawbacks of this program are:
•it is NOT compatible with other stand alone Web Site creation programs like Firefox, Safari, etc.
•you CANNOT use other programs to create your Web Site contents corrupt when an import is initiated and you will lose substantial data causing you to have to rebuild your Web site.
This NHD Web Portal is scheduled for student access in late August or early September to begin creating projects (National History Day) will be the National History Day link.
NOTE: Students, CAUTION should be used giving out your URL access code. It is recommended you give your URL only to your teacher, any group members, when developing a group Web Site, and any outside help assistance according to "allowed help" in NHD rules.
•you will NOT be able to edit your project once the entry deadline date is reached or when your school/region/state/ or NHD are judging.
•National History Day has been working on an option for exporting your Web Site to an outside location or disk. HOTRHF does not know at this time if this option has become available.

REMEMBER
DO NOT POST YOUR WEB SITE ON THE INTERNET OR ANY OTHER LIVE PROGRAM - THIS IS AGAINST National History Day RULES
AND CAN MEAN AN IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION FROM ALL HISTORY FAIRS FOR ANY OF THE HISTORY FAIRS (regional, state and/or national).

HOTRHF Note: Rules listed on this web site are now confirmed for 2014 by National History Day.




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